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Voice of the people

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 05:01 PM

Discrimination is what is immoral

I found a recent piece regarding Boy Scouts of America allowing homosexuals as members repugnant. I'm honestly frightened as to the underlying subtext, which accepts nothing less than the elimination of homosexuality, and by what means?

The notion that sexual orientation is a choice is something that was abandoned long ago by anyone with a modicum of rationality. The claim is based purely on twisted and selective interpretation of scripture and has no basis in morality, but rather in ignorance, fear and hatred. If someone insists on utilizing literal interpretation of biblical scripture as the basis for their moral structure, then they need to be prepared to answer difficult questions about inconsistencies, misogyny, genocide, slavery and infanticide. It is a fallacy to assume that all that which is deemed to be commanded by the Christian god is moral. In this case as in many others, in fact, they are in direct opposition. Rather, morality is derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.

It seems the Boy Scouts have postponed a decision on loosening their ban on homosexuals until May under pressure from individuals like this writer who seem compelled to keep this country firmly rooted in outmoded and uncivil behaviors. I, for one, feel duty bound to be kind to my fellow man, to try to understand those different from me and to work together toward a better society for all of us. So to those who think like that writer, I say, take pause. Ask yourself what it is you hate or fear and why. Is it rational? The exclusion of gays, or anyone, for that matter, on the basis of sexual orientation, religious preference, appearance or what have you boils down to discrimination, pure and simple. And that's immoral.

Joshua M. Enyart

Franklin Furnace, Ohio

We're not being tough on crime

The Feb. 26 edition of The Herald-Dispatch contained an article about a meth lab bust in Milton. Two of the four people arrested were also arrested in January 2013 on a similar charge.

According to a story in the Jan. 5, 2013, edition of The Herald-Dispatch, each of these individuals were held on $75,000 cash only bond. Now they have been arrested seven weeks later for essentially the same thing, and their bond was set at $30,000.

Is this what passes for being tough on crime? As Ernie Salvatore used to say, "Pardon me, I was just asking."

Kevin Elkins